From the explorers of the Americas to the issues of today's headlines, American History investigates the people, events, and stories of our nation's evolution.
American History goes far beyond simply providing names and dates to memorize; it illuminates American politics, science, culture, philosophy, and economics to make the subjects as fascinating and engaging as they should be. From the Civil War to Woodstock, this authoritative and recently updated database explores the ongoing development of the United States, putting past events in context with modern times to initiate critical thinking.
Aligned with major textbooks and research-driven best practice, the latest version of ABC-CLIO's American History database stands alone as a complete American history library collection that is also a dependable online resource for research-ready reference, projects, and exam preparation. The exclusive Perspectives sections draw students into the subject matter, allowing them to truly comprehend the challenges of the past and gives them the foundation they need for lively, historical inquiry.
Students and general researchers will both appreciate the improved search capabilities, easier navigation, and permalink functionality of American History. Created in collaboration with scholars, educators, and librarians, the database is specifically designed to make research faster, allowing readers to learn more in less time.
- More than 16,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, government and court documents, photos, maps, audio/video clips, statistics, and more
- Perspectives sections pose historical dilemmas such as " How successful was the New Deal in pulling America out of the Great Depression?," inviting learners to put themselves in the position of historic figures and develop their critical thinking skills
- More than 100 topical overviews and nearly 3,300 biographies of famous political and military figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Douglas MacArthur, as well as fascinating people from across American society, including Hank Aaron, Andrew Carnegie, Robert Redford, and Jonas Salk
- A remarkable survey of American history from 1350 to the present, organized chronologically and thematically, linking reference, curriculum, and analysis of current events
- Unmatched scope and coverage, providing the content necessary to support different learning styles and a variety of approaches to American history while meeting all standards-based curriculum requirements
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"A website offering students up-to-date American history research documents and projects. It also includes customizable resources for teachers, like a syllabus or a calendar. . . . Strengths: The materials offered are aligned with curriculum and educational standards. They can be accessed from school or from home. . . . Overall Evaluation: A great website that offers a compendium of research and reference resources."
"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."
"The American History website is a remarkable tool that will give learning U.S. history new appeal to young adults. Students will enjoy using it and it will give teachers the opportunity to teach U.S. history in a new and exciting format. For all of the topics covered and the use it will have in the library, the classroom, and in the students' homes this product deserves careful consideration."
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"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."
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"The Wayne School district has adopted a thematic curriculum for the teaching of World and US History. As a result of this curriculum shift, we have decided not to rely on a textbook as the primary instrument for instruction. In this age of digital technology, we have found that there are many wonderful digital resources that students and teachers can utilize to enrich the learning experience. One of the best is ABC-CLIO. We find their databases of information to be rich in primary source materials, their readings to be clear and concise, and their videos, graphs, and charts very engaging. Furthermore, the ABC-CLIO databases are easy to navigate for students and teachers. Searches are easily obtained including advance searches. ABC-CLIO even provides stimulating lessons and discussion points to further enhance the classroom experience. We are very happy with their product including their support services. I would recommend ABC-CLIO to any school district looking to move their curriculum into the 21st century."
2002 CODiE Awards Finalist — SIIA
2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration
2002 Award of Excellence — The Communicator Awards
2002 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist — EdPress
2002 Awards Portfolio Winner — Media & Methods Magazine
2003 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Web Site — ComputEd Gazette
2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration
2003 Readers' Choice Awards: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News
2004 EDDIE Award Winner — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning
2015 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - Best American History Website — ComputED Gazette